Greenish Mt. Aso in Kumamoto (Summer)

Greenish Mt. Aso in Kumamoto

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to share our trip to Mt. Aso this time. Since we had a great time in Aso in winter, we’d wanted to visit again in summer and the time has come!

Amazing Views at Mt. Aso in Kumamoto (Winter)

Greenish Mt. Aso in Kumamoto (Summer)

Daikanbo

For starters, we visited Daikanbo which is the best place for the mountain views. It was overwhelming in winter but it feels more lively with green grass. Well, both seasons are great.

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Kusasenri Observatory

We crossed the mountains to Southern Aso. On the way, we stopped at Kusasenri Observatory (in the middle of the mountain road). I always see this place on the website and ads. Horse riding seems like a good activity up here. The view looked a little different this time due to the insane heat of this summer, it was a little dried out…

Greenish Mt. Aso in Kumamoto

 

Minami Aso Railway

Now we are in Southern Aso. A 30-minute train ride by Minami (South) Aso railway with the mountain view is expected for tourists. It’s available three times a day. Check schedule here (in JP). You can get on the train from any station but some stations may be closed after earthquake, flood, etc. We got on at Nakamatsu Station this time.

Greenish Mt. Aso in Kumamoto

Beautiful water resource. Heard residents here don’t need to pay for water.

Nakamatsu Station

 

The last stop, Takamori Station. However, you have less than 30 minutes for a return ride. A brief stop.

Greenish Mt. Aso in Kumamoto

OK, let’s call it a day.

 

Lastly

How do you find it? It was really nice to see Mt. Aso in green. Again, I can’t tell you which season you should visit it because onsen (hot springs) is awesome in winter also…..Anyway, hope it is just a reference. Hehe. Hope it helps.

See you around!

Superior Hot Springs in Kurokawa Onsen Town, Kumamoto

Konnichiwa! It’s Mr. Wada back on duty! Lemme show you around Kurokawa Onsen Town this time.

Kurokawa Onsen Town

It is a small onsen town in Northern Kumamoto Prefecture. It would be nice to drive through Mt. Aso then down to Kurokawa like we did.

Website: http://www.kurokawaonsen.or.jp/eng_new/

kurokawa_map

Note: Pics in this post were taken in 2014.

Walk in Kurokawa

Let’s walk around Kurokawa, shall we? Kurokawa Onsen town is small (meaning onsen places are all within walking distance) and secluded (surrounded by nature). One good thing about this town is you can experience different kinds of onsen, in terms of color from milky to golden one, in health benefits, indoor and outdoor, etc. Isn’t that amazing? It’s an onsen paradise.

 

Like other onsen areas, you can avail their tegata (pass made of wood that you can keep as memorabilia) to enjoy onsen-hopping in a discounted price. You can get it at the tourist information center.

 

Shinmeikan: Cave Onsen

Shinmeikan is the first Onsen we tried in Kurokawa. What a nice entrance, but onsen was quite wild! It was like a maze really. I swam down to the end and to another end…quite fun. Hehe. Figured it was quite steamy in there. I had a hard time changing clothes. Better be careful especially if you wear glasses.

Admission: 500 yen

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Sanga: Outdoor Onsen

Sanga Onsen is the second place we had (in the morning). I learned that getting into onsen in the damn freezing morning is the best damn thing! Sooooooooo nice. Didn’t wanna get out.

Admission: 500 yen

Reservation

Note:
If you plan to stay over in Kurokawa, I suppose you should reserve a room before hand. There are many ryokan, traditional hotels, but there isn’t any business hotels.

 

Lastly

How do you find it? It’s a little hard to access but remember, the further you go, the better onsen we get! Totally worth a visit.

See you around!

Once again, Kumamon is everywhere in Kumamoto! Watch out!
Once again, Kumamon is literally everywhere in Kumamoto! Watch out! (It’s tailing me!)



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